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Comment by Steve Hanner on Sunday

Thank you Gary, just happened to find that one and it did look really good. I am quite positive, and of course having some materials on hand, you could construct something like this to provide shelter for yourself or your family.

In fact a good friend of mine, got hold of a large shed somebody did not want anymore. It cost $100 to move, needed some minor repairs, he insulated, and reroofed, put in a few more windows and a better door. He even built a porch off the front. He installed a composting toilet. It has no electric, but is next to a creek. All that for about the same price.

Comment by Gary Nelson on Sunday

Steve, neat web site.  I saved it going back to read some more.

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Comment by Robert Burris on June 4, 2014 at 13:55

That's what I've always said, Miss Jan. If it's comfortable people will carry a knife. A high ride sheath helps keep the knife out of trouble.

Comment by Jan Carter on June 4, 2014 at 12:41

Convenience of carry will determine whether or not you do carry it

Comment by Robert Burris on June 1, 2014 at 19:37

Yep, your knife will shave little slivers of the bar just fine and won't hurt it.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on June 1, 2014 at 19:19

Good point, Robert.  That magnesium bar you can shave pieces off to use with a firesteel, will give you one high intensity burn for damp conditions.


Here is a video comparing the Doan magnesium fire starter bar with a Chinese magnesium fire starter bar.


You'll notice the guy in the video using a blade edge on the ferrocerium (firesteel) bar, which will give you shivers.  However, it is recommended that you use a knife blade edge to shave the pieces of magnesium from the bar, which is a lot softer than the firesteel that is provided in the channel of the magnesium bar.  Use your Rough Rider pocket knife for this, hahahaha.

Comment by Robert Burris on June 1, 2014 at 15:25

If you don't have a scraper with your fire steel and don't want to use your knife. A small piece of a hack saw blade works great. Just cut off a piece 3" to 4" long and use that instead. It even has a hole in the end of it, so you can tie it to your equipment.

  Thanks Howard for the detailed info.

  Around here there is a lot of Palmettos. The dead ones make excellent fire tender. I just crush them up and make a small pile of them. My fire steel and block and I'm ready to go. I got use to the fire block because sometimes in south Louisiana, things in the swamp can be damp. The block gives you the edge.

  If you carry water proof matches and your fire steel, always use the fire steel first and the matches as a last resort.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on June 1, 2014 at 11:57

Exactly right, Steve.  If somehow you are caught out in the open without civilization nearby, a firesteel and knife [which all here at iKC have on them or in their pockets] would be a lifesaver.  You are not likely to have all the fire "aids" with you since a survival situation means that you didn't plan it.  Some of the firesteels come with a scraper on the rod lanyard, so a knife is not essential - for starting a fire.  But, a knife is essential for other stuff like making deadfall traps or hacking bigger wood into the next stage of fire building from kindling, or spear making, etc.

Comment by Steve Hanner on June 1, 2014 at 11:46

Interesting Howard and sounds like almost a must have for a survival situation. Fire is necessary and maybe lighters get used up and matches are non existent. You need something outside of the traditional boyscout method of rubbing two sticks.(Although that does work well, especially if driven with fishing line to really spin fast)


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